Sustainable intensification of Swedish plant cultivation
There is a big potential to increase production of grain and other crops in Sweden. To be successful, cost efficiency is vital throughout the entire production and processing chain, plus a more targeted cultivation oriented to the right quality at the right price. Our goal is to be able to increase production without any negative environment impact. As such, knowledge of how best to preserve and recreate biodiversity and how to minimise leakage of crop nutrition and crop protection products.
Ahead of this year's call for proposals, we are particularly interested in projects that can develop plant breeding, seed growing and seed production. Within plant breeding, we envisage a big potential to develop systems for genomic selection. The technology is very effective and is already being used by plant breeders in oats and shortly also in autumn wheat. We now see spring wheat as the next prioritised research area. At this moment, Swedish seed production is being developed very favourably but this could be further enhanced by investments in quick methods for germination, healthiness and purity analysis, vitality raising methods, and methods to increase purity in seed raw materials, especially organically produced such. The development of Swedish plant cultivation also needs to be supported by research into a number of other disciplines such as crop nutrition, plant protection, soil conservation, mechanical engineering/digitalisation and automation.